Mercy Brings Sweet Reward! 2
“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32
I remember a farmer who started on a journey from his house to the next town to receive some money. As he was about to step out of the house, his only little girl came running up to him and said, ” Daddy, don’t forget the gift you promised me today.” The dad replied, ‘ yes. I will give it to you today when I returned home.’
As the farmer went out, he met his creditors, and they gave him the amount they owned him. He then went to buy the gift for his daughter as promised. However, late on the same night on his way home, it was stormy, rainy, and dark everywhere. While he decided to continue his journey back to his house, he heard a loud cry of a child in the wildest part of the village. The farmer first thought to himself that this might be a device plan of arm robbery as he was known to carry money. But after hearing the cry again, he was moved with compassion by the sound of a voice saying, ” help me, I am lost.”
Luke 6:36 says, “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”
The farmer changed his mind, that whatever happened to him, he would not give up finding that child to save her. He searched and walked towards the sound where he saw a young girl who had been drenched with rain and shivering with cold. He quickly wrapped his coat around her without knowing who she was or what she was doing. He promptly rode home as fast as possible to give better care to the little girl. When he reached home, he found his neighbor standing around his crying wife. One said to another, ” don’t break the news yet; he may not take it lightly.”
As the farmer set the sleeping child with the wrapped cloak down, the wife looked and saw that the child was their missing girl; she burst into tears of joy while she held her husband. The little girl lost her way while looking for her dad, who had promised her a gift. However, the farmer had saved the girl’s life, who happened to be his daughter, without knowing. Mercy brings sweet reward, be merciful. Luke 6:31 says, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
Oh Lord, help me show compassion towards my fellow humans and those in need in Jesus’ name. Amen.